With less than 2 weeks to go we were wondering about who was going to be featured on the under-card of Ryota Murata's (3-0, 3) bout with Jesus Angel Nerio (12-3, 6). Thankfully today we saw some answers with several of the bouts now set in stone.
The first interesting name on the card will be Sho Nakazawa (3-0, 3) who is facing a yet to be named opponent. Nakazawa, for those who are unaware, is a 21 year Super Bantamweight prospect who is being dubbed as a super-talent and although his opponents so far have been limited his skills and talent speak for themselves. Whilst no opponent has been named we have been informed that he will be fighting in an 8 round contest for the first time.
Following Nakazawa's bout will be a contest between former world title holder Malcolm Tunacao (33-3-3, 20) and Joo-Hyun Jung (6-2-1, 2), the South Korean Flyweight champion. It's hard to see anything but a victory for Tunacao who is now a Japanese based Filipino. Tunacao might not be one of the truly elite at Bantamweight but he's a damned good fighter and he should be too big, too strong and too good for Jung.
The most exciting of the fights, including the main event in fact, is the chief support contest which will see the unbeaten Shohei Omori (11-0, 6) fighting against Mexico's Christian Esquivel (27-4, 20). Esquivel will be known to Japanese fans for his bouts with both Tunacao and Shinsuke Yamanaka, both of which he lost by stoppage. This is a huge step up for Omori but one his team seem confident he can win and if he does he'll likely be rewarded with a world ranking.
The card will also include Tatsuya Ikemizu (9-0, 3) who was the Rookie of the Year at Bantamweight last year, though his opponent has yet to be named.
(Image, of Omori, courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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